Bean Gene
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American Imperial Porter
4.26 | pDev: 10.09%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Bean Gene is the first variation we did with our Mean Gene barrel-aged Eugene Porter.

After months socked away in bourbon barrels, we steeped it with Dark Matter coffee beans prior to bottling. Smooth and well-balanced, with hints of vanilla and an in-your-face coffee flavor, enjoy it at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

28 IBU
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, black color with a firm finger of head in the snifter.

Both sweet and hot smells of bourbon and oak, and some peppery coffee notes behind that. Smells like Jim Beam actually.

Rush of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and alcohol. Man, it's good. I can't emphasize enough how good this beer tastes.

Feel is creamy, thick, smooth, yet still properly carbonated. Dry, boozy finish.

So I wasn't expecting the awesomeness contained in this bottle. Eugene is a solid porter, I guess I figured I'd be tasting some vanilla-coffee infused Eugene. What I got was an incredible beer completely set apart from Eugene. This should easily be world-class. Wow.

Jun 23, 2017
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jkeefe1800 from Massachusetts

2.34/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Incredibly carbonated, smell is a mixture of coffee bourbon, and metal. Taste was slightly coffee and chocolate which was overwhelmed by tart cherries. Obviously an infected bottle. Super disappointing.

Feb 09, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
2014 vintage, I believe

Pours dark brown/black color with small foamy off-white head. Smells of coffee, roasted malt & chocolate. Tastes of coffee laced with cocoa & vanilla, earthy wood, a bit of dark fruit on the finish. Medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Nice barrel notes throughout

Dec 13, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 9/10/15 on draft @ Sheffields.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; minimal lace.

Pepper heat, chocolate syrup & roasted coffee bean notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & roasted coffee bean flavors up front; pepper heat notes on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed. An above average coffee brew, for sure.

Nov 28, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I bought two bottles of this two years ago. The first one was infected, and I've put off opening this second bottle, but enough is enough and tonight is the night.

Bottle gushed over upon opening - not a great start. Beer pours a dark brown almost black with a thick strong fizzy head. Head dissipates leaving a tan slick along the top of the beer.

Aroma is slightly tart, with an odd metallic notes. Coffee comes through but the coffee aroma is a green peppery coffee aroma. very very acidic on the nose.

Taste has notes of coffee and chocolate before giving way to a tart peppery finish. Not much barrel character in here even as it warms up.

Feel is very fizzy - lots of carbonation here - especially noticeable for a barrel aged beer. Otherwise its pretty smooth. Dry and tart on the finish.

Overall this wasn't so awful that it was a drain pour, but it was certainly off and tasted weird for what it was. That being said, its an infected beer and its pretty bad. I'll gladly give this a second try if they ever bring it back.

Sep 04, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

2.89/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Infected, WTF? Unbelievable they would put this out knowing people will pay $16-20 per bottle. Do some quality control or else it will come back to haunt you. Just like Bourbon County, I will certainly think twice before buying Revolution again....

Aug 08, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful looking beer, dark brown body with a khaki colored head.
Picking up on dominant aromas of bourbon and slight coffee.
Taste follows suit, bourbon dominates and there is a minimal amount of coffee and some oak in the aftertaste. Nothing really blows me away.
Smooth and easy mouth feel a little too light.
Overall, this was a decent beer, but didn't live up to my expectations; thankfully this one wasn't infected like I have seen in other reviews.

Jun 18, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

1.78/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - gusher, so disappointing after spending almost 20 bucks on this bottle. Look is nice in the glass, dark brown black with a mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S- sour cherry, butterscotch and slight bourbon. Yup, this is infected.
T- God damn this is dissapointing, sour cherry and butterscotch dominate. Slight bourbon, some roasted malts but these are almost completely covered up by the infection.
M- medium mouthfeel. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste you can almost taste what the beer was supposed to taste like - some mild bourbon and coffee.
O- ohhhh boy. The homebrewer in me wants to say I understand. The consumer in me wants to swear off revolution brewing forever. This is infected to the max. And from the other reviews on here and Greg's Beer Review's review of it I know it's not just me. Almost 20 bucks down the effin' drain.

May 13, 2016
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lemmy187 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As other reviewer's have stated, I pick up a slight sourness from this beer. Not sure if it is a bad bottle, but it is still drinkable. Very faint coffee presence in both smell and taste. As the beer warms, the barrel presence becomes more dominant. Feel is good for the style....medium body and carbonation.

Mar 28, 2016
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bentmore from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in the state of origin, tannins from the oak add to the noise a soft bite, just before the subtle roasted , vanilla and toffee aromas set in. Delighted Belgium lace circled the snifter followed slowly be the leg of this warming 8.5% delight. Mouthfeel is velvety cream as the alcohol is brilliantly balanced against the residual malt sweetness. Find it , buy it and don't share it unless someone shows up with something form Cigar City.

Mar 12, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I was excited when my wife brought me this semi-exclusive bottle of Bean Gene. But I must have gotten a sour batch, because this was almost undrinkable. Smells like day-old cold-brew coffee, lacks carbonation and tastes like spoiled milk with coffee flavor added.

Feb 29, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into snifter

Black liquid, taupe foam cap quickly dissipates to a faint ring of bubbles around the edge of the snifter

Aroma of coffee, bourbon,

Taste of bourbon and coffee

Very sudsy with a lot of tiny bubbles which is distracting

Good beer

Feb 21, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really excited to have found this on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with 1/3 inch head. taste is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The coffee plays well with the bourbon and never overwhelms it. It is there as a complementary flavor. One of the best coffee beers I have had. I love Revolution's barrel program about as much as any brewer's program. This one does not disappoint.

Feb 05, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rather sweet, and a bit fruity, contrary to expectations. Still had a fair amount of coffee flavor. I appreciated the effort to make quite a smooth, barrel-aged coffee porter, rather than a big, BA stout. That said, for coffee porters, I prefer the execution of O'so's Convenient Distraction (the regular, un-aged version).

Jan 30, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.17/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a darkish black, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like light coffee, and some bourbon, and maybe a bit of chocolate.

This suffers from an oversweetness, and nothing to balance it out. The bourbon, the coffee, and the chocolate malt all add sweetness, and there's no bitterness or roast to balance it out. The coffee itself feels a little insipid and bland, and the bourbon feels a little bit weak and maybe slightly astringent- the only non-sweet flavor here. I'm seriously disappointed in this one.

This has too thin of a body for the style, the body can't handle the rest of the beer. It's got a lower level of carbonation.

I've loved a ton of things in the Revolution barrel-aged series, but I can't say much positive about this one.

Jan 10, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

3.39/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An older bottle that was a gusher. The smell is stale, the feel is thin.

Need to revisit in a fresher incarnation but I'm disinclined to spend money on another bottle based on how poorly this aged. Yes, a year is not ideal for a coffee porter but it should not become undrinkable in that time frame IMHO.

Dec 16, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery
A - near black body with a thin tan colored head
S - awesome: coffee, oak, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla; booze as it warms
T- full of flavored with bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, booze, caramel
M - full body, sticky sweet and boozy, definitely a sipper
O - this beer did not disappoint! Great barrel-aged beer with coffee! Up there among the best!

Dec 10, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love the execution of this beer. i like that its just a quick barrel treatment, not years or anything. it lets the flavors of all the dark malt in the base porter stay fresh and distinct, not get too well integrated that they lose their original identity. it also puts the bourbon and oak as just an accent rather than a major flavor, and i think thats the exception to the rule these days, its always so big and bold on the whiskey, its nice to have this be a beer first. the coffee is unique, a little bit acidic, but with some fruity notes to it, raisins or blueberries or both. pretty neat. it comes on almost entirely in the finish, and the base porter is rich and vibrant anyway, so it all works super well together. an impressive brew, in a common style, but with a lot of distinction. i have had very few this memorable. it was awesome to have this with the regular coffee gene, the base eugene, and the blueberry edition all on tap at the brewery in once sitting. really a wonderful series of beers worth seeking out. some of the best work thee guys have ever done in my opinion!

Dec 08, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a very solid offering from Rev. The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that left some lacing. The scent and taste had coffee as a base. There was some bourbon flare in the taste which blended nicely with the coffee almost giving it chocolate niceness. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....very good.

Nov 26, 2015
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Chris7482 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 release
L: pours deep black little head does not last
S: roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and licorice
T: coffee with bourbon small amount of heat, very drinkable
F: thin, moderate carbonation, smooth
O: nice beer, enjoyable if looking for a BA with good bourbon taste supporting other flavors with little to no heat

Oct 25, 2015
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

Dark brown hue. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is muted coffee. Low attenuation. Thick and chewy. Nice beer.


Oct 20, 2015
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of clue on with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is roasty a touch of chocolate and a pinch of bourbon. Pretty smooth finish and leaves a warm mouthfeel. Solid overall

Oct 17, 2015
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linnymtu from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with this offering from Revolution. I had a bourbon county stout directly after this and while it was quite that good, it held its own nicely. The feel and body were consistent with a well made barrel aged stout, thick and full flavor. Even at only 8%. I would definitely grab more of these if given the chance.

Jul 22, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this cellared for over a year. Lots of bourbon on the nose with this beer. Starts with a nice porter roastiness but finishes with a HUGE bourbon finish on this bad boy. Very hot. I thing the alcohol burn predominates the finish.

Jul 16, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown edging black with a tremendous amount of airy light brown carbonation that dissipates rather quickly but leaves sticky lacing.

Fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, roasty, nutty, and some faint vanilla sweetness.

The coffee flavor stands front and center all the way through, the vanilla stands out more in flavor; whereas, the chocolate notes seem to be more subtle than in the aroma. Huge coffee flavor, that's all that matters :).

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, roasty, and semi-sweet.

Overall, as an avid coffee fan, I was thoroughly expecting to enjoy this and I was not let down! As a bourbon lover as well, I would have appreciated a little more bourbon heat, but this is delicious as it is!

May 25, 2015
Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 663 ratings